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Cartoon and Humorous Art
April 2 - June 10, 2011

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Miriam Abramowitsch

Miriam Abramowitsch was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of a concert pianist. Following in her father's footsteps, she devoted her life to music and has experienced a long and fulfilling career as a singer and teacher of voice. She has also had a lifelong love for color, style and texture (as a child she wanted to be a clothing designer).  Three years ago, having never before attempted any visual art medium, she became interested in felting and took a number of classes at Deep Color in Kensington.  Since then she never looked back and has been creating and selling her colorful felted scarves throughout the Bay Area and beyond.  The artist states:  Felt is created by the alchemy of wool fiber with warm water and pure olive oil soap to produce a versatile material that ranges from spider-fine and soft to thick and strong, depending on its intended purpose. I design my scarves in a number of different ways.  I mostly use a blend of wool and tencel fiber, which produces a soft, crinkled, shimmery effect.  Right now I especially enjoy creating playful latticework scarves in a riot of different color combinations, and felting a variety of shapes and colors onto lengths of silk chiffon or hand dyed habotai silk.

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Sandi Adams

Sandi Adams lives and works in Berkeley, CA.  Interest in the visual arts has been a constant in her life.  At nine, she was introduced to watercolor at her Saturday morning Milwaukee Art Institute class, and  watercolor and acrylic remain her primary media.  Over the years she has worked in ceramics, various textile arts, photography, monoprint, acrylic and collage. Sandi’s art training continued through high school and college.  She completed coursework at Pomona College and Scripps College in Southern California, and at UCSF Extension, and CCAC in Oakland.  In addition she has studied with artists in the Bay Area, including Ann Baldwin, Tesia Blackburn, Kathleen Brennan and Judy Greenberg.  Sandi participates regularly in juried exhibitions at the Marin Society of Artists, the California Watercolor Association, Valley Art Center and the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.  She has had half a dozen solo exhibitions in the Bay Area, and won awards for her work. Current work is divided between representational watercolors, (often using her own photography from extensive travel as inspiration), and abstract layering and collage, done in acrylic.  “Involvement in my artwork renews and enriches me.  The doing of it, the process, is critical to my well-being.  An end product is almost secondary to the process.  I am working toward achieving glowing, translucent color to convey an emotional  impact and enjoyment for my viewer.” 

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Bassen, who "never met a process she didn't love”, grew up in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area, In high school she worked intensively with a local painter and at 17 went off to Smith College to major in art. There a scheduling problem led her into a philosophy class, eventually into the Ph.D. program at Berkeley, and to teaching human rights, logic and critical thinking at Cal State Hayward. While teaching part time, she went through the CSUH studio art program and from there to an MFA at San Francisco State (1991). She worked in ceramics, (Leslie Ceramics prize, 1986) painting (with Mel Ramos, Ray Saunders), bronze casting, sculpture (Stephen de Staebler), set design, and digital art. For the past 5 years she has been making jewelry, working with Hadar Jacobson in Metal Clay and investigating the endless possibilities of digital imagery.

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Diana Blackwell

Diana Blackwell is a Berkeley artist.   She became interested in art as a child in upstate New York while watching her mother paint.  She took  a few art classes in school, but received most of her instruction indirectly, while  working as an artists’ model for  twenty years.  Blackwell admires countless artists in all schools and styles, and draws inspiration from all of them.  She does acrylic paintings; drawings in pastel and charcoal; block prints and monotypes;  and digital photography.  The pieces she has submitted to Cartoon and Humorous Art are the collage Cinderella and two digital photographic prints of hand-drawn cartoons:   A Drive in the Country and Alien Picnic.  Blackwell has shown and sold work all over the  Bay Area and elsewhere.  She belongs to the East Bay Figure Painters group.  Her monotypes are a regular feature at Mignonne Décor in Berkeley, and have been licensed for use by Over the Top Greetings.

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Nancy Calef

Nancy Calef- Born in Bronx, New York, completed Bronx High School of Science at age 15 and received a scholarship from the College of New Rochelle to study painting and sculpture.  She currently divides her time between San Francisco and New York, and has lived in Greece and Thailand, traveled throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Europe, Southeast Asia, India and Nepal, which has served to develop her unique painting style and sharpen her understanding of the world's cultural and spiritual diversity. For many years she has been creating “Peoplescapes,” oil, sculptured characters and applied objects on canvas, addressing cultural, political and spiritual issues facing society.  By juxtaposing people in recognizable places and situations, each painting weaves together a story about contemporary life, filled with layers of detail, symbolism and humor.

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Lois Cantor

Lois Cantor, a Berkeley resident, grew up on the east coast and spent several years in Italy. She received degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Hartt College of Music. A child prodigy, she was a professional pianist until tendonitis ended her career several years ago. At that time she turned to composing electronic music as well as exploring computer art and painting. She has had solo exhibits in several local venues including the Albany Library and El Cerrito City Hall, and has participated in many group shows at Expressions.  Her work is full of joy and color.  The artist states, “In painting, I improvise in much the same way I improvised with my music; I like the paintings to emerge spontaneously as I go along, and sometimes I am surprised and delighted by the outcome.”

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Mittie Cuetara

Mittie Cuetara lives in Oakland, where she teaches cartooning and drawing as well as doing her own cartooning and drawing. She grew up the daughter of an architect and cartoonist in Cambridge Massachusetts. She was always drawing and it never occurred to her not be an artist. As a kid, she and her three brothers devoured comic books – buying, selling and trading them voraciously. They sang along with Tom Lehrer with no idea of what the words meant and loved Alice Neel and MC Escher. Edward Gorey was the recipient of the first fan letter she ever wrote.  Mittie says, “Children’s books, cartoons, and comics, all share that wonderfully alive quality of telling a story, however, you can if you need to draw a part --draw it and if you need to write – write it! She states:“ It is the intersection of the two that I love!” She has a BA from The Boston Museum School, where she studied painting and animation. She has written and illustrated three children’s picture books with Penguin Putnam in NY as well as illustrating over 70 greeting cards. Her cartoons regularly appear in Funny Times. Mittie’s works are drawn in pen and ink, scanned, printed and hand-colored then rescanned. Each work is printed in a limited run of 10, numbered and signed by the artist.

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Elizabeth Dante

Elizabeth Dante was raised in the rural south and now is living and working in Richmond, Ca.  Dante has worked and traveled in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Germany and Italy.  She has attained an affinity for the third world, and acquired the skills of the old world. This ever present influence has provided Dante with a stylistic inspiration for works ranging from classical naturalism to primitive stylistic narration. Much of her work explores the dynamics between round organic forms and hard ridges angles, and the spaces in-between.  By exaggerating this interplay, her work creates a sense of tension which is both lively and sensual.  Dante states, "My world combines ancient and modern rituals, extracting stylize motifs and archetypes, ancient and I pay homage to the many facets of the human sprit, characterized by warmth, humor and sometimes political commentary.  Her works have been showcased in "Art on The Rock At Alcatraz" and "Day of the Dead" exhibition at the Museum of Mexican Art. In 1990, The City of Oakland purchased her sculpture "Woman’s Liberation", as a gift to Nelson Mandela. She also received the Art of Peace Award the same year. Elizabeth is moved and inspired by the cubist movement and the work of Fernand Leger. She also admires Modigliani’s elongation of the human body.

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Willard W. Davis

Willard W. Davis, M. Div. lives in Oakland, and grew up in Torrance, CA. His first art projects were miniature mud cities and tempera paintings, which he now prefers as a medium. At UC Santa Barbara he took an art appreciation class which opened him to the amazing spectra of world-wide artistic expression. Here he was inspired to try various drawing and painting media. Some of his work is in private collections, and he has exhibited in several galleries (one in Mendocino) and even on piers in Santa Cruz & Laguna Beach. Artist Statement: “I love to paint in abstract- light-emergence patterns.  Vincent VanGogh, Claude Monet, Kandinsky and Marc Chagall with their daubing, bright colors and fanciful figures, have been formative modern artists for me.

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Marge Essel

Marge Essel lives in Berkeley.Ca. She was born in Western Pennsylvania. She became interested in fine arts at the age of 6. She took up painting & attended her 1st classes. While attending high school , she began her formal art training by studying figure drawing in preparation for an Art degree. Following graduation she took a position as a designer & artist for the Lovelace Marionette Theater. She returned to Berkeley to further her studies & became the head costume designer for a dance company. She returned to college in 1980 to attend UCB. to receive a Fine Arts credential. Marge continued her studies & in 1982 received a B.A. from New College. She began to exhibit her ceramic sculptures in the community. She studied ceramics at CAL State. She exhibited in shows there. She received a Fine Arts & Multiple Subjects credential. She has been an artist in residence with the Berkeley Arts Center & the Oakland Museum. She has studied art in London, England & Hawaii. She has exhibited ceramic sculptures, paintings & photographs in group shows in Berkeley, Oakland & Alameda. She has received several artists grants from the Academy of Art In S.F. where she studied photography & photographic processes. These along with her sculptures & paintings were exhibited in 2 one woman shows.

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Debbie Fimrite

Debbie Fimrite is a deaf, Japanese-inspired artist with over 30 years of experience studying, creating, exhibiting and occasionally teaching art. She enjoys painting, drawing, sculpture, computer graphics, photography, origami, creating art dolls and altering Barbies. Always interested in art as a means of inspiration, self expression and healing; she was fortunate to grow up in the presence of many supportive artists including her mother who is a painter and sculptor. Over the years she has exhibited in a number of Bay Area Galleries including the Fort Mason Art Center, the Nanny Goat Hill Gallery, Gallery Sanchez, The Tea Spot Cafe, the Japan Center, Red Ink Studios, the Market Street Gallery,  Art 94124 Gallery, Age Song Gallery and participated in San Francisco and East Bay Open Studios.

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Rinna B. Flohr

Rinna B. Flohr lives in Oakland, California. She grew up on the East Coast in New Jersey and New York. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B. A. in theatre arts and a Masters of Social Work. She also completed a Certificate in Psychodrama at the Moreno Institute of Psychodrama in New York. She received her license as a clinical social worker and for 37 years she worked as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and as Deputy Director of Mental Health for Alameda County; Director of the Center for Special Problems, San Francisco Community Mental Health and Assistant Director for San Francisco County Behavioral Health Services. In 1991 her house burned down in the Oakland fire, which led her to study Interior Architecture and Design in order to rebuild her home. She completed the program at UC Berkeley in 2001. With an interior design degree she started Design Ideas and she began doing remodels and designing new interiors that later led her to staging and floral design. She studied floral design with Ron Morgan. Her floral designs were part of the Bouquets to Art Show at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco in the past and she was a member of the San Francisco Museum flower committee. She also makes jewelry from recycled materials left over from interior design projects and later from other found objects such as found rubber from inner tubes of tires or cement from building sites. She was President of San Francisco Women Artists in San Francisco, one of the oldest women’s art galleries. Currently she is founder and Director of Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, Ca. (www.expressionsgallery.org )

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Sue Mary Fox

Sue Mary Fox splits her year between her winter workroom in Berkeley, CA, and her summer workroom in the village of Robbinston, Maine.  Born and raised in a rural hamlet on the wild Maine coast, Fox spent her early summers organizing bits and pieces of nature’s “art parts” into patterns on 2- and 3- dimensional surfaces.  Much of her outdoor time was spent along beaches assembling installations of flotsam & jetsam that would become rearranged by time, tide, and weather.  Participating in the long term process of building & observing the progress of disintegrating beach installations has been a life long interest. Although she trained in ceramics at university, Fox spent 32 years in the field of design & construction using the sewing machine– at various times employed making Art to Wear clothing; costumes for theater, dance, opera, & circus; and more recently in creating site specific installations for commercial interiors.  A full time studio artist since 2001, Fox maintains a fully equipped sewing studio on each coast where she primarily produces boldly colorful quilts with an abstract contemporary edge. Her large format quilts have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe. Scarf making offers the joyful opportunity to play with color and texture.

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Margaret "Margo" Garces

Margaret "Margo" Garces is a Native New Yorker now living in the SF Bay area. She has drawn and painted ever since she can remember starting with her first "Paint with Water" coloring book at the age of 3. She is a visual artist experienced in a diverse range of media. Her expertise ranges from illustration and painting, to sculpture and graphic design, and digital photography. She studied Commercial and Graphic Arts at NY Tech and Fine Arts at Hunter College and Southampton College, where she received a scholarship. Art and the surrounding environment inspire her, with admiration for artists such as Peter Max, Lautrec, Chagall, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt. "e-Fix" is one of the mascots developed, for limited use, by a computer show. Its expressiveness is developed from a mixed media of Prismacolor Markers, Watercolor, and pen and ink. Most of her current work incorporates the loose definition of pen and ink, capturing added detail, drama, and movement.  Some of Margo's professional success includes, "sold out" shows as early as 1976, logo creation for Marymount Manhattan College, and novelty hanger design for a clothing manufacturer in NY's fashion district, and a third place ranking in her first juried art show. As a member of the Watercolor Society of Houston, she studied under Frank Webb, and Dale Laitinen. Most recently she was one of the 95 selected, out of 250 works, to be included in the national show at the Houston Society's Gallery. "Margo" defines art as: "The tangible evidence of one's imagination". 

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Chandra Garsson

Chandra Garsson lives in Oakland, California. She grew up in Los Angeles, California. She has two degrees in fine art, including a Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University, with her B.F.A. from U. C. Santa Cruz. After making perhaps two thousand or so paintings, sculptures, etchings, and mixed media works, shown nationally and internationally, Chandra has returned to an earlier and more ornamental mode, that of jewelry making. Her work has been most recently shown at Deep Roots Tea House Gallery, in Oakland. Before that, in the last show in the old space of Pro Arts Gallery (the first solo exhibition of the gallery at the time), over two hundred of Chandra Garsson’s works were shown in the exhibit, Insomnia (Awakening).  For now, after many years of work observing problems concerned with our human condition, she finds joy in the simplicity of beauteously decorating the people of our world. Artist states: “a Google search of my name and a click on my websites will confirm the radical nature of the change I have made in my work when I began making jewelry.” Her jewelry has been exhibited at Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, The Gem Gallery and Bill’s Trading Post, Berkeley, and Itsy Bitsy, Rockridge.

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Dmitry Grudsky

Dmitry Grudsky is currently residing in Newark California. Dmitry grew up in the former Russian republic Uzbekistan showing interest in art at an early age. He got his formal training in Art College earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education. After that he graduated the Art Institute with a Master of Fine Arts specialization in design of monument and decorative art. Dmitry Grudsky was influenced by many artists including: Gustav Klimpt, Juan Miro, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigiliani.... Primarily Dmitry Grudsky works in watercolor medium, pastel and mosaic. The painting that he presents in this show "Tree Sitters" is painted in mixed medium: water color & collage. He had his painting "Last call for Coffee" displayed on National Watercolor Society 87th Annual Exhibition 2007 and 55th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition "The Hagen Museum" Stockton, CA 2008. Artist states: "The art process is similar to rolling a snow ball; it builds up and develops as you are continually working". 

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Robert Guidace

Robert Guidace currently lives in San Jose with his wife and two children. Robert grew up in northern California and recalls being drawn to art at an early age through comic books. Later on in his teens he was exposed to the work of Van Gogh,and that changed his view of what art could be. Robert then continued his education at Otis Parsons and received a B.F.A. Robert has taught life drawing at a Magnet school for the arts, as well as privately. He has also done freelance concept art. The drawings included in this show were  done over the course of two years. These characters were done for a Si Fi video game that was never released. Roberts work has been shown in northern and southern California. He is currently working on a series of mono type prints inspired by his visits to the San Joaquin valley.  

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Rohilah Guy

Rohilah Guy was born in Canada and moved to the Bay Area in 1964. Rohilah works in pastel, watercolor, acrylic and sumi-e. Rohilah has always been interested in art, studying it as a child and in university. Encouraged by many people along the way, the artist continues to explore all facets of art.  She has been a weaver and a textile and clothing designer. Influenced by her textile design, she finds freedom to incorporate patterns and design into her paintings as did Henri Matisse. Rohilah continues to study and is exploring collage and assemblage techniques and abstract photography.

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David Hatch

David Hatch, living in Alameda for his entire 53 years is mostly self-taught in art. He is heavily influenced by pop culture history and comic books.  David has found certain artists such as Basil Wolverton, Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, Steve Ditko and many more too numerous to mention, very inspirational for humorous extremes, insane angles, how to convey emotions, movement, etc.  David works with various art and collage materials.  Oil paint is featured for this exhibit.  David says : " thank you for looking and may laughter light your way .. all ways..  ha. "

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Bruce Heppler

Bruce Heppler was born in Berkeley 1955 (Kaiser).  He graduated Berkeley High in 1973 and worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab from 1975 to 1983 as a mechanical technician.  He moved to Covelo, Mendocino Country and opened a welding and repair shop.  Bruce has been working with metal all his life. He did an art sculpture for a benefit for a local music teacher whose mobile home burned (made a phoenix from trailer frame), got positive comments and started making other things.  He takes inspiration from many sources, notably Louis Armstrong, the Three Stooges, and the Marx Brothers. When he’s not working on farm equipment, he’s making art.

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Laura Hicklin

Laura Hicklin lives and works in Grizzly Flats, Ca with her musician husband David, eight year old firecracker daughter Ariana, and 16 year old aspiring musician son Fletcher.  She also has four cats and one fish. Laurie's interest in art began as early as she  can remember. More than anything she wanted to grow up and become an artist to which she has succeeded to some degree, with music having helped feed her inspiration quite consistently throughout her life.
As much as she had longed to go to art school, she has had very little formal training and is primarily a self taught artist.   Career wise, her past experience includes interning as an illustrator for the Sacramento News and Review which then led her to work as a part time freelance illustrator for several years. Additionally, she worked as a display artist for Tower Records and Books from 1992 to 2000 and enjoyed it immensely. Artist statement: “Every work I do is drawn from my "inner depths'' so to speak, which more often than not can be a relatively dark and unpleasant place to delve ...but it is a necessary place nonetheless. I find I must spend a lot of time there in order to unearth feelings /ideas and confront them through the artistic process. On the other hand , sometimes its an extraordinarily carefree place  to delve and the happy silly things materialize...which is the magic of art. Artists can do anything and its never wrong. "

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Melanie Hofmann

Melanie Hofmann graduated with a BFA in Textiles from the California College of the Arts in 1996. Her home and studio are located in Berkeley.  She first explored the joy of creating art in pre-school and she has not stopped since.  As a teenager Melanie fell in love with fiber art, specifically with weaving and dyeing fabrics. Melanie has received awards from the Taegu International Textile Design competition and from Manhattan Arts International.  Limited edition prints of her digital art are in the corporate collection of Lifescan, Inc. in Milpitas. Melanie works with both textile and digital media.  For this show, she is featuring her textiles and Italian Charm bracelets. Her work has been inspired by a number of artists including, Jean Miro, Rene Magritte and Magdalena Abakanowicz. She was also influenced by the artwork of her maternal grandmother, Zura Young, an abstract painter. Melanie seeks to convey through her work the interactive process with her media and a visual representation of her inner world.  In addition to Italian Charm bracelets featuring her work, she can make custom bracelets with photos and artwork that you provide.

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Stan Huncilman

Stan Huncilman was born in Indiana but he is a product of the San Francisco Bay Area art world.  He attended San Francisco State University where he was introduced to Funk Art and Happenings in the ‘70s.  He received his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984.  S.F.A.I. is the home of the Bay Area’s leading art instructors. He has been a sculptor for more than 25 years.  Stan works in a variety of materials.  As a matter of practice he uses the material that is most expedient to creating the sculpture he wants rather than “pushing a particular material.”  His sculptures often begin from a simple sketch.  He prefers to work in a direct manner rather than making molds of models before the final sculpture. The artist states: “I combine a child-like playfulness with primitivism. This creates a wonderland of intriguing forms and convoluted messages.  When I enter my studio there is a mental sign post reading “Linear Thinking Stops Here.” Through my sculpture I create a world of nutritiously puzzling paradigms whose roots may be in religion, folk art, nineteenth century industrialisms or Greek mythology.  In this world, a whimsical sense of humor walks arm in arm with an obstinate determination to create.  The sculptures in this exhibition are part of his “All My Psyches” series, a whimsical yet intriguing observation of the complexities of consciousness.  His solo exhibits include Holy Names College in Oakland, California and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

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Diane Jacobson

Diane Jacobson lives in Oakland, CA. She is a transplant from the Little League capital of the world, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. As a veteran teacher in the Oakland schools, she used many art projects and visual cues to instruct her English learners. Although she dabbled in art classes an undergraduate, her interest in glass art was not kindled until the 1990's.  Through classes at Studio One and the Crucible, she has expanded her areas of expertise to include kiln casting and working deep, as well as fusing and slumping glass.  Her pieces are represented in Pro Arts Open Studio as well as several galleries in the Bay Area.  Artist states, "What I like best about fused glass is its element of surprise.  Glass is a chameleon.  Observe the pieces as the light changes.  Glass is a fickle and somewhat undependable medium, as reactions to color and temperature cause a visual dance of light and texture.  Enjoy the dance."

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Ann Jasperson

Ann Jasperson lives and works in Stamford, CT but grew up north of Chicago the youngest of a large family. Always drawing, the fire that is art was started when a family friend gave her a Paint by Numbers set-then it was off to the races. Nurtured by her sister Joan and many wonderful teachers she attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated in 1981 with a BFA in Drawing/illustration. Moving to New York soon after graduation, she “fell” into the toy business, then became a toy inventor which is her “day job”. But always in the background was a love of stones. Designing and creating jewelry has become a word of mouth business that has grown over the last five years. One of a kind pieces inspired by the natural beauty of stones and pearls done just Once makes for wearable art. Other interests include her internet cartoon Cranky Bears, her garden, dogs and husband G.C. Stone.

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Gillian Keller

Gillian Keller lives in the Bay Area. She was born in California in 1987. She spent her childhood in Montana and her adolescence in Spokane, WA.  When she was young, she wanted to be a cartoonist, but as she got older she became excited about writing. After briefly considering a degree in journalism, she spent three years at Spokane Falls Community College, mostly focused on running track [a passion of hers] and  as she states “working with an amazing faculty while I learned to make art and express whatever was in my heart. “ She moved to Moscow, Idaho with her then-husband to pursue a degree in art education.  At the time of her divorce in 2009, she decided to finish her degree at the University of Idaho in studio art instead.  She graduated from the University of Idaho, in December of 2010 and moved to the Bay Area.  She states, “I don’t have hobbies--I have passions: Making, philosophizing, reading, writing, talking to god, thinking, singing, walking, looking, and loving. “Over the past few years she has sold over 40 pieces, and a few among those were donated to charity causes and businesses. “There’s something really beautiful about creating.  God created, and made us in   his image.  And so, we create.  We connect, we imagine, we add and subtract and we name our creations.  We spend time on a painting, adding layers and layers and layers, then finally we step back and look at how all the colors and all the lines and all the shapes work together.  Then we smile and say, “this is my art, in which I am well pleased.”  

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Suzanna Klein

Suzanna Klein has been living in the East Bay for years. She was born and raised on the East Coast. She graduated Goucher College in 1966 and then studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts 1968-69. She was employed as biological illustrator through University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, She illustrated Womenfolk and Fairytales, published by Houghton Mifflin, 1975. In 1976-9 she worked, at Faunus Furniture, Berkeley. She has been in various small shows and open studios. She did many paintings in acrylics and oils, made small plaster objects and recently completed a ten year stint of digital painting. Working on the computer awakened her desire to make "hands-on" projects; this has led her into fabric work...weaving and most recently needle-felting. She is experimenting with converting her digital images into a softer, felty medium. Prior to this show, her most recent show was a one-person show at the Berkeley City Club in 2009.

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Coral Lambert

Coral Lambert, currently living in the US, was born and raised in England and studied at Central School of Art in London, Canterbury College of Art, Kent and received her MFA in Sculpture from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1990.  Since then Coral has shown her work extensively in England and America including The Barbican Center, London, Franconia Sculpture Park, MN, Convergence, in Providence, Rhode Island, Grounds for Sculpture and twice in Chicago’s International Navy Pier Walk. Coral Lambert has lectured as a visiting artist at the Royal College of Art, London and RIT, New York among many others. From 1995-1998 she held the position of International Artist/Research Fellow in cast metals at the University of Minnesota. In 2000 she was invited as the semester visiting artist at the University of North Carolina and has returned there several times since. Coral is the Founder of the US/UK Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture Residency Program that has taken place in England and America annually since 1997. A recent recipient of the Jerome Fellowship and Gottlieb Foundation Award, she also has artwork in several private collections. She and her husband spent a brief time here in Berkeley, Ca after they were evacuated from the Gulf Coast hurricane Katrina where they lost much of their work. Coral is currently Co-Chair of the 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art. Her artwork references asteroids, standing stones and volcanoes; icons of transformation that careen between astronomy above and archaeology below. Central to her work is the exploration of concepts related to growth and form, with a particular interest to those specifically found in natural phenomena that contain some kind of metaphysical presence.

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Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis lives in the Bay Area. He is basically self-taught in art. He started painting in kindergarten. He loved the finger paints squishy feel and their bright colors. He took a painting class in college. After college, he didn’t paint for quite a while as he spent the next decade living and traveling throughout Europe, Asla and South America. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, he helped remote northern Thai villagers build water systems and bridges. Later, he worked as a construction laborer, surveyor, house painter, building inspector, soil tester on drilling boats in the North Sea, and freelance writer. Since my childhood in Colorado I’ve loved the mountains and have traveled to Nepal many times to unwind on long Himalayan treks. But eventually he returned to painting viewing painting as a challenge where the objective is to animate the object, bring it alive, make it leap off the canvas and burrow inside your mind. But never just make a painted copy. The colors, the expressions and the strange essence of the thing itself is the goal to express and a work is never done until it is “done, done.” Charles’ work has appeared most recently on the cover of THE MONTHLY magazine

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Roberta Loach

Roberta Loach lives in Kensington, Ca. She had two children, a son, Robert who is deceased and her daughter, Judith who is Deputy Attorney General, Oakland, Ca.  She has an M.A in painting from San Jose State University and two teaching credentials, one in art and one in history and political science. Roberta taught art history for many years at West Valley College in Saratoga and etching, drawing and design at DeAnza College in Cupertino. She edited and wrote for a visual arts journal from 1975 – 1980 using an interview format. From 1990 – 2002 she exhibited her work in the gallery of Michael Himowitz, a major art dealer and close friend. Here she had four solo shows and a number of group shows. She was also in Smith Andersen Gallery in Palo Alto, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara as part of their Bay Area Masters Series and her work is part of a number of private collections, most notably, Hunk and Moo Andersen of Atherton. She has curated many shows herself and has also served numerous times as a juror. Her work is currently at the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery in San Francisco and at the Collectors Gallery in the Oakland Museum of Art. She is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and exhibits with them often. She had a solo show with Smith Andersen and with d.p. Fong in San Jose.  Roberta states “ My major artistic influences are Francisco de Goya, Bosch, Dix, Kallowitz, Beckman, Daumier, Matisse, Picasso, Robert Colescott, Leon Golub, Ben Shahn, Paul Cadmus and others.”

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Charles Lucke

Charles Lucke lives in Hercules, CA. He began borrowing his father’s cameras while growing up in Stratford, CT, and has been a freelance photographer since the 1970s. He added a darkroom to each of five consecutive residences, and though he shoots mostly digital today, he continues to mine an inventory of thousands of slides and negatives for images to exhibit. His first solo exhibit, “Four Ways to Abstraction,” was on view at the XZIBTit Gallery in Hercules for two months in 2007, and in July 2008, the Hercules City Council awarded him First Place in the first annual Hercules Photography Contest. Charlie’s inspirations include Hugo Steccati and Ruth Bernhard, who, though their work is very different, were both creatively involved in photography to the end of their long and interesting lives. Regarding his interest in abstract photography, the artist states: “There’s a desire in me to create something that no one else has created (or at least, not precisely the way I have created it.) It’s a way to free the form and change it from a visual reality to an unreality. It’s a way to free the process from the precise reproduction of tone, colors, and forms and let the right brain reign.” Charles brings to us visions of nature we all wish to preserve.

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

Jennifer Wallace Mack has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.  She works in various media: painting, photography, mixed media, and jewelry.  Her work is consistent in the quality and detail in each medium she applies.  She has exhibited at a number of solo and group shows, many of which were juried.  Shown at Expressions Gallery is her magnificent jewelry.  Jennifer has served on various Boards of Directors for long standing Artists Organizations such as the San Francisco Women Artists, where she was a past President and continues in the current Board as Vice Treasurer and The San Francisco Gem and Mineral organization where she is currently Treasurer.

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John Mallon

John Mallon grew up in the East Bay Area being born in Oakland, his present residence. Arts and crafts have been an interest since early childhood. While in the Navy, pencil portraits were a hobby. From there sculpture and painting became an interest as time went by, resulting in private painting instruction from a bay area teacher. A long list of “How To” art books have helped along the way with sculpture and pencil drawing, as well as a teacher in woodcarving. Awards came from Art shows presented by the Oakland and Alameda Art Associations the past 20 years.  Mallon is still a Member of both and has been President of both Associations. Mallon states: “Monet, Dali and CA painter George Otis are an inspiration to me.  Color and graphite pencil is my favorite and best mediums. In this show he presents artwork 3-D Artwork that uses dots of acrylic paint to build up texture and create a landscape. This method is similar to pointillism a technique used by George Seurat but unlike Seurat, he does not stick to combining the primary colors to create the image, rather his work is also similar to Australian Aboriginal work that uses large dots of paint to create the image. He has learned how to use color ot paint in 3-D when the viewer wears 3-D glasses. He also has fun decorating hats and t-shirts using fabric paints and making fun clocks.”

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Maj-Britt Mobrand

Maj-Britt Mobrand lives in Berkeley, CA but was born and grew up in Stockholm, Sweden.  As a little girl, she saw her grandmother’s loom in the attic and was very intrigued by it and knew she wanted to master one of those.  She has taken weaving classes both in Sweden and the U.S., but is for the most part self-taught.  She has been teaching weaving here in Berkeley since 1968.  Some of the juried shows she has participated in are U.C. Berkeley and Live Oak Art Galleries in Berkeley (1969); Artist League of Vallejo Gallery (1975); Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont (1988); and Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland (2006 and 2008).  She has also participated in many Open Studios and has shown her work at various local venues and as a result has weavings in many private collections. Artist states:  “I enjoy using traditional weaves and patterns in a non-traditional manner and am striving to find a harmonious balance between the natural and the artificial or planned.  My inspiration is derived from music, nature, travels, and from my students.  It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm of my students as they develop their projects on their looms after I’ve given them the ‘know how’.”

 

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Malcolm Nicoll

Malcolm Nicoll was born at the foot of the Rockies in Colorado on September 26, 1959 earning a BFA in Art History from UNC and a BA in Art Education from CSU. He lived in and traveled extensively in Europe and is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been exhibiting his large-scale paintings and fused mosaic glassworks in Europe and the Bay Area for over fifteen years. He is currently creating highly colorful and expressive glass bowls, plates and jewelry and looks forward to showing his new works in the coming year. Artist states: “George Bernard Shaw once said, "Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable." To deal with this crudeness we can either engage creation or destruction; to walk the artist’s path is to engage creation. Through painting and working with glass, I am supported by dreams and visions that steer me toward existence beyond the ordinary. Whether I’m creating in 2 or 3 dimensions, I have a heartfelt, spiritual connection that takes the work beyond beauty, dreams and aesthetic visions, beyond color and line on a surface into deep unity. From this place, humanity’s inherent potential becomes visible, reminding viewers of their own divinity and the promises of their creativity.

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Mokhtar Paki

Mokhtar Paki was born in the Iranian city of Shiraz. Following his architecture studies at Tehran University's Fine Art College, he moved to Europe. He wrote his architecture master's thesis, "Reconstruction Following Disasters", while at Oxford Polytechnic in England. He then studied graphic design and lithography at the College of Art and Craft in Oslo, Norway. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works as a visual artist and teacher. His work has been exhibited in Iran, Norway and the United States. His latest bay area shows include “Passion Play” an exhibition of forty two paintings at Canessa Gallery, July 2010, San Francisco, the Intersection For The Arts in San Francisco and Oliver Gallery, as well as the Persian Center in Berkeley. Mokhtar is a writer. His novel "Shamayel-e-Mana" has been published in Sweden and Iran and several of his short stories and articles appeared in Iranian anthologies. His second novel, “Shahrzad, the Silent” is under publication. He holds an MA degree in English Creative Writing.

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Vicki Pierpont

Vicki Pierpont was born in California and raised in the Bay Area.  She presently lives in the Lamorinda area where she paints weekly with a group in Walnut Creek and Orinda.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in Art Education.  She has always had a deep interest in the arts but only started painting seriously five years ago as a diversion to caring for gravely ill family members.  Her primary media is oil, and she paints a variety of subject matters including the abstract paintings on display.  She has work in private collections through out the greater Bay Area, the wine country, Lake Tahoe, Southern California, and in Coeur D' Alene and Sun Valley Idaho.  She has also displayed her work in galleries in Palm Desert, and Soquel California and in Ketchum, Idaho.

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Susan Rankin-Pollard

Susan Rankin-Pollard says she was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Walt Disney, Tex Avery, Bugs Bunny, and two loaves of blue-collared white bread. After graduating High School, she attended Moore College of Art and Design where she studied Illustration, earning a BFA and performing an externship at the Philadelphia Please Touch Museum, a learning museum for children.  She has worked in the field of black and white web comics for 12 years and is now getting back to her colorful roots through painting. She States: “My goal is to make you smile.”

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Winthrop Prince

Winthrop Prince lives in Berkeley for about 30 years but grew up in the Boston area.  He is from a family of artists. He has drawn since he was a child and has always admired artists who had a certain humor to their approach.  He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Art Academy of SF. He has made his living as an illustrator, nationally syndicated newspaper cartoonist and fine artist showing his art at galleries and cafes. He is inspired by Red Grooms, David Park, Robert Crumb, Moebius, Phillip Guston and Saul Steinberg. He is presently involved in a graphic novel that aspires to fine art by abstracting the images in a manner of the “outsider artists” with the intention of lending more “sophistication” and soul  to the comic medium.

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Diego Marcial Rios

Diego Marcial Rios lives in the Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School and  a B.F.A. from University of California at Berkeley. He received a number of honors scholarships for Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society.  About his work he states: “I create art that is visually stimulating to gain initial viewer acceptance.  Once this is achieved, the viewer is confronted with ancient symbols of life and death.”  The figures and landscapes in the art are inspired by what I have experienced and later dreamed about. Diego’s work has been widely shown throughout the United States and Mexico and he is in a number of Museum Collections: The Auchenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, Ca.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, etc.. He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; Mission Cultural Center, SF; The Collector Gallery of the Oakland Museum, Oakland, Ca.; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more.  He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television. His artwork has been included in many magazines.

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Deborah Robins

Deborah Robins is a real live folksinger who lives in Berkeley, CA.  She makes fun and wearable jewelry out of repurposed and found objects like paper clips, safety pins, and sea glass, with the addition of colorful vintage buttons gathered from flea markets around the worlds.  Originally from Chicago, she was exposed to fine art through innumerable trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, where the colors and shapes from several Grant Wood landscapes, captured her imagination.  For two years in a row, Deborah has been selected to participate in the unique Maker Faire as “Folkiedokies: Repurposing with a Purpose”.  Deborah Robins is the Executive Producer of a PBS/WETA television series about the history of American folk music, “THE MUSIC OF AMERICA: History Through Musical Traditions”. www.themusicofamerica.org  Deborah is the sister of Laura Olear.

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Selma Rockett

Selma Rockett lives in Berkeley, California and was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine. As a very young child, Selma learned to use “make believe, fantasy, whimsy and pretend” to enhance her days and this is what influences her art. Many wonderful people she has met in life inspire her work. Hats have always had a role in her life. Selma is primarily self-taught however she did study briefly with Bertha Underwood in Oakland, Ca.  Her mediums include fabric, straw, yarn, wool and “lovely trinkets, feathers, buttons and all things shiny.”  The hats are hand molded, using an art medium to set the design. The hats are not ‘named’ as most are one of a kind—therefore ABSOLUTE WHIMSEY.

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Rosie Rosenthal

Rosie Rosenthal lives in Berkeley and grew up in the Bay Area. Her grandfather was a rock hound, her grandmother crocheted and painted china and watercolors; her mother was an artist – she painted and made jewelry. As a child she took classes at Studio One. As a young adult, she did jewelry and batik before pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1975. She states, “Alexander Calden’s Jewelry and Faberge inspire me.” She has received a number of awards for her printmaking, and is in Arthur Murray’s collection. Her current modality is unique jewelry with handmade beads, semi-precious stones, and pearls, whimsical and elegant, she is showing at Expressions Gallery.

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Christine M. Rossi

Christine M. Rossi lives in Berkeley California and originally comes from a rural area in up-state New York. Christine began exploring art at an early age winning several art competitions while in high school. She was influenced by Japanese art and theater while on an exchange program to Japan. Christine later studied costume design at SUNY Binghamton, illustration, oil painting and color theory through the University of California Extension Programs and has explored the mediums of Casein and Encaustic paint.  She recently branched into photography to include original photographic images within her pieces through the use of collage, transfer and digital manipulation. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 80's she began working as an architectural model builder and illustrator for a San Francisco Architectural firm. She branched out into creating illustrations, two and three dimensional, as well as models throughout the 80's and early 90's. Other career pursuits took her away from her art practice; however, she returned to creating pieces that reflect her philosophical reactivity to her personal world and the world at large.  The works are secular in nature but draw heavily on iconic, religious and mythological imagery. The Alice series uses images based on the original Tenniel illustrations of “Alice”, and are reflections on the state of our modern world and collective psyche.“ Art is meant to be seen and shared...to promote discourse and provoke thought.. Our stories are the inspiration but the interpretation is open for debate.” Christine exhibits in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area and has artwork on the Ovation TV website, www.ovationtv.com  under cmaerossi, as well as her own website and blog, http://christinerossiart.blogspot.com and  http://www.mesart.com.

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Arlene Risi Streich

Arlene Risi Streich, grew up and lives in Oakland, Ca. and cannot remember a time that she has not been interested in art. She received her B.A. ED and A.B. F. A. (Painting) from California College of Arts and Crafts (Now CCA) and has lived and spent much time in Mexico doing painting and photography. She has taught in the Oakland Public Schools, Diablo Valley College (Painting, drawing and fashion illustration) and CCAC (Children’s classes). She is presently exhibiting her glass jewelry, a medium started four years ago, and her painting. Her Jewelry work is influenced by her background in painting incorporating a bold use of color and line. Her painting and jewelry work has been shown in numerous exhibits around the country and in private collections. Artist states: “Our role as artists is to continue to amaze, provoke, stimulate, delight and agitate the senses. The fact that we continue to do so is a testimonial to not being complacent, while trying to process the internal/external creative dialogue.”

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Eli Streich

 

Eli Streich is an artist and drummer. He lives in Oakland, California. Eli is nine years old and has been involved with art his entire life. His favorite type of art is cartooning. Eli is very influenced by the work art of his late grandfather, Marty Streich. He has looked at his grandpa's work closely since he was very small. His grandmother, Arlene Risi Streich is a talented artist who has helped Eli develop his own unique style: trance-cartooning. Eli has created comics such as: Harvey the Teenage Goat; Stash; and Bad Boy. In addition to trance-cartooning, Eli plays drums in E. W. Wainwright's African Roots of Jazz, and he studies percussion privately with Ward Spangler of the Oakland Symphony internal/external creative dialogue.”

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The East Bay Monthly magazine

The East Bay Monthly magazine, the oldest independently owned publication in the East Bay, is celebrating 40 years in print. Founded by publisher Karen Klaber in 1970, The Monthly is a general-interest regional magazine of culture and commerce, for upscale readers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The East Bay Monthly covers food, health, science, the environment, entertainment and the local people who are outstanding in these fields—all topics interesting to people who live in the diverse and dynamic East Bay. The magazine is well known for its signature vibrant full-color covers—some of which have a humorous twist—and incorporates the cartoons of local artists. We are proud to present a sampling of past covers and cartoons as part of the Expressions Gallery show, Cartoon and Humorous Art, as a way to honor the work and community contributions of The Monthly, its founder and publisher, editors, art director Andreas Jones, graphic staff, and artists, and to help share the wonderful artwork of these artists with the public and the art world.

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Vera Tour

Vera Tour (Вера Тур) was born in 1979 in Moscow, Russia, and currently resides in Alameda, California. She grew up in the former Soviet Union and did not have any training in arts. However art was always a point of fascination for the young child. Curiosity and sense of adventure in the year of 2000 moved Vera to the USA. In 2006, while in California, she started painting so to visually start expressing "the inexpressible, define the indefinable never-ending ever-changing beautiful illusion of Life". She chooses acrylic paint as her medium but claims that anything will do when it comes to creating - pen, pencil, spoken word, beets and cabbage... Vera states: "Anything I do I consider Art. "Anything" that is nothing but only a way of expressing my eternal bewilderment and awe about Life and the beauty within all Creation. And by expressing Life I become one with it - its amazing particle in the vast wholeness of Everything That Is".

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Susan Trubow

Susan Trubow lives in San Mateo, she grew up in San Francisco and attended San Francisco State University graduating with an Elementary Teaching Credential in 1972. Always interested in art Susan joined the Peninsula Serigraphers under the tutelage of Anne Kendall Foote who was a great influence in her becoming a professional artist. The printmaking process of serigraphy interests Susan and she has developed an unique approach to it. Her work has been exhibited world wide including Japan and Great Britain and is part of private and corporate collections including the Bank of America, and Peoria University. Susan attended the California School of Arts to enrich her skills and graduated with a BFA in 1989.  Susan has taught art to children in public and private schools on the Peninsula. She has a studio at the 1870 Art Center in Belmont were she creates her prints and teaches private lessons.

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Sana Webb

Sana Webb currently lives in El Sobrante.  She grew up in Ventura, California in a handmade hexagonal house with a view stretching from the Santa Maria Mountains to the Channel Islands.  Artist states: “Most of the stuff in our house was also handmade by my parents and their friends – pottery, light fixtures, rugs, cushions, mosaics, quilts, etc.  So to be creative is my inheritance.  I’m only really comfortable surrounded by personal expressions and natural beauty.” Ms. Webb is a special education teacher who sometimes takes classes at the Richmond Art Center, and who works in many mediums.  The type of gourd sculptures seen here, the Big Noses, are her own invention.  She has sold paintings, ceramic pieces, and glass work at various studios and shows.  After a visit to Barcelona, Gaudi’s work inspired mosaic on her home.  She also enjoys designing and sewing her own clothes. Artist states: “When I am making something, I am deeply satisfied.  The more alive I feel doing it, the more I know it is ‘good’ art.  I am delighted to participate in my own humble way in the whole creative process which encompasses all of nature, all of art, and all of craft.”

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Regina Westmoreland

Regina Westmoreland was born in Camden, Arkansas. She grew up in the southern United States but has lived in California for 30 years and now resides in Benicia, California. She was lucky to have a mother, grandmother and aunts who were skilled quilters and seamstresses willing to share their knowledge and art. This knowledge coupled with the life experiences of being a social worker, mother, clothing consultant, school board member, retail store manager and Fashion Design and Merchandizing graduate, created an interesting blend of artwork. She has always been creating in some fashion - weaving, silk dying, quilting and embroidery. In the last few years she has focused more on unconventional embroidery. The majority of her work is done by hand since that allows her to feel a part of the finished piece. Her inspiration comes from many sources – ethnic textiles, Mexican pottery and of course nature. Brightly colored strips of silk dupioni are used in addition to cotton thread and beads to "paint" her design. She feels this results is a piece that is more natural and organic than typical machine work. One of her embroideries is being featured in the Quilting Arts 2011 calendar. You can see more of her work at insideoutsideart.etsy.com. Artist states: "I hope my works invoke wonderful feelings and emotions in you as they did in me as I created them."

Poets and Authors

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Donna M. Lane

Donna M. Lane was born on September 8, 1951 in San Francisco, CA.  She attended City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State College. She has worked as a gardener privately as well as for the State of California and the City of San Francisco where she is presently a gardener in Golden Gate Park. She lives in Oakland, Ca. She has written several books which have been published: Actual Slashes, (Emily Rose Press, 1974) and “Where I Live” (RawArtPress, 2008). She has just published a new book called “Faster Than The Speed Of Hope.”

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Julia Vinograd

Julia Vinograd is a Berkeley street poet. She has published 56 books of poetry and won the American Book Award of The Before Columbus Foundation. She has three poetry CD collections: Bubbles and Bones, Eye of the Hand, and The Book of Jerusalem. She received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a M. F. A  from the University of Iowa.  She has a Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Berkeley.  She won a Pushcart Prize for her poem “The Young Men Who Died of AIDS”. She was one of the four editors of the anthology of New American Underground Poetry Vol. 1 : “The Barbarians of San Francisco -- Poets from Hell” She introduces her new book: “ When Even The Sky Hurts”.

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Patrick Daly

Patrick Daly writes poetry and prose on his lunch hours. His poetry has been published in Nicholas Kristof’s column in the New York Times, and has received honorable mention in the Pushcart Prizes. His chapbook Playing with Fire won the Abby Niebauer Memorial Prize. He and his wife Charlotte Muse were the co-founders of Out of Our Minds, the prime-time poetry show (now in its twenty-fourth year) on KKUP radio in Cupertino, California. Poems of his have appeared recently in the anthology The Place that Inhabits Us (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010) and in Transfer 100, the anniversary edition of the San Francisco State literary magazine; and – for the second year in a row – he has just received an award in the Basil Bunting Awards  at University of Newcastle in England.

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Charlotte Muse

Charlotte Muse received both her M.A. and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she has taught Creative Writing and Poetry Writing.  She also taught for some years as Instructor in Poetry for U.C. Berkeley Extension, for the Lifelines Project, and for many other organizations. Her chapbook, A Story Also Grows, was a Main Street Rag Editor's Choice selection, published in 2009.   A handmade letterpress edition from the Chester Creek Press was recently released and is now in both the Library of Congress Rare Book Collection and the Smithsonian Library. She is also the author of The Comfort Teacher , a chapbook from The Heyeck Press,  and co-author of Trio , a poetry collection with Toni Mirosevich and Edward Smallfield (Specter Press).  She has won several prizes for poetry, including the Yeats Society of New York's Poetry Award, two International Publication Awards from the Atlanta Review, and prizes in the Joy Harjo Poetry Award competition, the Feile Filiochta International Competition, the Friends of Acadia Competition judged by Wesley McNair, the Foley Prize, and others.  These days she tutors Hispanic children in reading, teaches private workshops, and spends as much time as possible at the bottom of a nearby dry creek bed staring off into space.

 

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